Thursday, January 10, 2013

NNPC’s $1.5bn loan fraudulent –NLC

Organised labour on Thursday said the $1.5bn syndicated loan deal by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was a conduit for looting the nation’s treasury. The Nigeria Labour Congress accused the NNPC of perpetrating a “fraudulent” dependence on fuel importation and looting of the treasury, saying the loan the government’s oil corporation said it needed to pay debts had further exposed the fraud in the management of fuel subsidy.

EFCC arrests former CBN governor, Charles Soludo

Former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Prof Charles Soludo, was Thursday arrested  by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC). He was picked up from his Abuja residence a source in EFCC confirmed to Vanguard. Vanguard gathered that Soludo’s arrest was in connection with the controversial contract he awarded for the printing of polymer currency notes to an Australian firm while he was governor of the CBN between 2006 and 2008.  It was not clear as at the time of filing the report if the operatives would release the former Anambra State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate. (Vanguard)

6month Nigerian, baby kidnapped, South Africa

Six month old Nigerian baby, Revelation Jones, was on Tuesday January 8th abducted by his parents neighbours, a couple believed to be Pakistanis. The couple, who have three children of their own,  allegedly attacked Revelation's nanny, leaving her for dead and also locked up a six year old girl in the house, as they took the baby.

Press statement from Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah

The Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah posted this message on her Facebook page yesterday. Some people are panicking...:-). See it below..
We have uncovered an advanced plot by a well-known hireling to blackmail, smear and tarnish the image and reputation of the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah with the sole aim of distracting her from consolidating the gains already recorded in the transformation of the Aviation sector in line with the Transformation Agenda of the Federal government.
Our very reliable sources indicate that the hireling, who has been paid huge sums of money running into several millions of naira to execute the hatchet job will employ a very familiar strategy of calling a Press Conference to carry out his mischief and peddle his falsehood.

Egba, Ijebu unfair to Ogun West – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday declared that the people of Ogun West Senatorial District had been marginalised by the other zones in the state. He said this while receiving the leaders of the party from the district, who paid him a solidarity visit at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta. He accused the Ogun East and Central zones, made up of the Ijebu/Remo and Egba, of working against the interest of the senatorial district comprising the Yewa/Awori.

‘Motorcyclists Responsible For Insecurity In FCC’

The Director of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) Col. Wilson Alade (rtd), has blamed the insecurity in the federal Capital City (FCC) on activities of motorcyclists operating in the city.The director who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday, said that the directorate had impounded over 270 commercial motorcycles in the last four days in conjunction with other security personnel, adding that it would soon begin impounding tricycles, popularly called Keke NAPEP.He said, “Of recent, we have been having challenges especially in the area of security and it has been traced more to the recklessness of Okada riders within the FCC. We have in our cache about 270 motorcycles and the number will keep increasing on a daily basis until they are ready to comply with our directives.

FEC Approves Three More Federal Varsities ( What Do You Think)

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of three additional federal universities in the country. The approval was given at the council’s first meeting of the year presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting alongside his counterparts- Mr. Edem Duke (Tourism and Culture); Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufai (Education); and Dr. Yerima Ngama (State, Finance).The three newly-appr

We’re not aware of AIDS cure breakthrough – UNIBEN

University of Benin on Wednesday distanced itself from  Prof. Isaiah Ibeh’s claim that he had found a possible cure for  AIDS. Reports on Wednesday quoted Ibeh, who is  UNIBEN’s Dean of  Basic Medical Sciences, as saying he had  developed a herbal  drug capable of curing AIDS. He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Tuesday that the new drug had undergone “a series of successful tests”.

BoT: Jonathan, OBJ forces regroup for fresh battle

THE power play over who becomes the next chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of  Trustees is definitely not over. And it is definitely still between President Goodluck Jonathan and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s groups.  Following the sudden postponement of the election of the party’s next BoT chairman on Tuesday night, The PUNCH learnt that members of the two groups had regrouped for a future battle over whose side would produce the BoT chairman.

President Jonathan May Spend 7 Years Min. In Prison After Tenure

Respected for the accuracy of his predictions, Prophet Marcus Tibetan who is widely referred to as the Nostradamus of our time predicts that ten Ministers in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan would be dropped this year for being ineffective and incompetent.President Goodluck Jonathan, says the prophet, should pray against losing loved ones in this year 2013.These are some of the predictions of Prophet Marcus Tibetan, the Parish Head of Celestial Church of Christ, Elisha Parish, for the year 2013.

Rapist Stabbed To Death As He Sexually Assaulted 18-Year-Old Girl

A Polish sex attacker was killed by a passerby who intervened to stop him molesting an 18-year-old girl in the street, a jury heard yesterday. Janusz Smoderek died of stab wounds soon after he drunkenly assaulted the teenager while on his way home from a lap-dancing club. Stephen Sleaford admits stepping in to save the young woman, but insists he was not responsible for Smoderek's death, and says it was in fact the Pole who was carrying a knife, not him. The prosecutor praised the actions of Sleaford, 38, in helping the unnamed girl after Smoderek grabbed her breasts while she was returning home from a night out in Boston, Lincolnshire in September 2011. 

VIDEO: Late Bisi Komolafe’s Burial


Fans and artists gathered at the famous St Mary Catholic Cathedral Oke Padre Ibadan to bid Bisi Komolafe farewell as she was laid to rest on 4th of January, 2013.Bisi Komolafe died early hours of January 1st, 2013 due to complication on her pregnancy, she died at the UCH.


Pregnant Woman, Daughter Burnt To Ashes In Imo

A mysterious fire, which engulfed a house in Ubachima, Awo Omamma, Oru East Local Gouncil Area of Imo State, has consumed a pregnant woman and her two-year-old daughter.It was not clear how the fire started but two conflicting accounts were peddled by villagers as the cause of the inferno when Vanguard visited the scene of the ugly incident.The first account had it that the pregnant woman, Mrs. Nkechi Amajuoyi, her husband, Benedict, and their daughter, were cooling off outside the house until it became very chilly for the woman and her little daughter.

28-Year-Old Son Rapes Mum As Dad Enjoys His Sleep

A 28-year-old man appeared in the court for allegedly raping his mother. It is alleged that the suspect raped his mother who was sleeping in the family's sitting room on Thursday night at around 10pm.
"The victim was sleeping in the sitting room while her husband was enjoying his sleep in their bedroom. It is reported that the victim only noticed that it was her son who violated her, when he went out of the house through the window," said Acornhoek Police spokesperson Lieutenant Mpho Koli.

Koli said the suspect was remanded in investigations continue.

Man Rapes 9-Year-Old Girl, Destroys Her Reproductive Organs, Infects Her With HIV

A middle aged man has been arraigned in court facing multiple charges of indecently touching a nine year old girl’s private parts, repeatedly defiling her, infecting her with HIV and destroying her reproductive organs after luring the girl with Sh. 5 coin.
The Shanzu court, in Kenya, heard that on January 1st 2013 Sori Abdub Ganya lured the nine year old girl to unknown hideout in Mtwapa area where he severely defiled her.

Guys: Types of Women You Should Never Date

If you find that the women you date always turn out to be annoying or weird in some way, maybe you’re just choosing the wrong type of woman.Although dating is not about putting people into categories, there are some personalities that just make a guy want to turn and run. If you steer clear of these 10 types of women, you’ll avoid some major headaches in the future.

Friends and Family remember youth killed by DPO

Exactly a year today, 27-year-old Ademola Abe strolled to a newsstand few metres to his house at Yaya Abatan, Lagos to read newspapers, but never came back home alive. 
The young man was allegedly shot dead by the then Divisional Police Officer of Pen Cinema, Lagos, Segun Fabunmi, on January 9, 2012 during the protest against fuel subsidy removal. On Tuesday when our correspondent visited Yaya Abatan, the junction where Ademola was shot dead, a bust erected in his memory at the spot reminds passersby of a life lost prematurely.

Group threatens to sue MTN For Poor Services

The South-South Youth Leaders’ Forum said it had concluded plans to sue a telecoms firm, MTN Nigeria, for continued poor services being rendered to the citizens.  
The group explained that it would not remain silent and watch MTN deliver substandard telecoms services to the South-South people and Nigerians in general. Speaking with journalists on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the Chairman of the forum, Mr. Odiedim Amachree, said that the service provider was operating dual standards.

21-Year-Old Student Dumps New Born In Pit Latrine

Residents of Manchok in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday recovered a baby from a pit latrine where its mother had dumped it. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the residents, who were attracted by the cry of the baby, had to break the latrine to remove the baby girl allegedly delivered by a 21-year-old student. The suspected mother, an unmarried secondary school student, allegedly induced the delivery of her seven-month-old pregnancy and threw it away. The suspect, however, ran out of luck when one Miss Rifkatu John, who runs a beer parlour, went to use the latrine and heard the cry of the baby.

FG, states, LGs shared N6.16tn in 2012 – Report

A whopping sum of N6.16tn was withdrawn from the Federation Account and shared among the three tiers of government in the 2012 financial year, investigations have revealed. The figure is the total amount allocated under various distribution sub-heads, as approved by the legal framework upon which the account is being managed.
They are statutory allocation, which is shared in the following manner: Federal Government, 52.68 per cent; states, 26.72 per cent; and local governments 20.60 per cent; Value Added Tax (Federal Government, 15 per cent; states, 50 per cent; and LGs, 35 per cent); and extra allocation given to oil producing states based on the 13 per cent principle of derivation.

Nigeria owes China $6.2bn – Investigation

With over $6.2bn credit facilities to Nigeria, the People’s Republic of China has emerged as the country’s highest creditor, investigations have shown. 
Although the Debt Management Office listed on its website the nation’s total external debt as at September 30, 2012 as $6.29bn, investigations showed that the country’s indebtedness to China alone stood at over $6.2bn.

Acid bath suspect re-arraigned for murder

David Sulaimon, who allegedly bathed his fiancée, Chika Egbo, with acid in Ikotun, Lagos on November 5, 2012 has been re-arraigned for murder. This followed the death of 22-year-old Chika on December 20 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos. The amended charge reads in part, “That you, Sulaimon, on November 5 at Bakare Street, Ikotun, Lagos, killed Chika Egbo by bathing her with liquid substance suspected to be acid and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos 2011.”

Ritualists mutilate body of 3-yr-old girl in Ilorin

The sight of the mutilated body of a three-year-old girl,  Aliya Usman, killed by suspected  ritualists, yesterday, threw residents of Ile Onigboro, Ita Elefun, Ita Ogunbo, Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, into deep mourning.
The bereaved family had earlier lost the immediate younger brother of the deceased to a strange illness about 10 months ago, making the death more pathetic.
When Vanguard visited the scene, the severed head of the victim was spotted at a refuse dump covered with a polythene bag while the remains of her badly mutilated body was deposited at a newly constructed soak-away pit.

Recapitalisation hurdle threatens Savannah Bank’s reopening

The failure of the core investors in Savannah Bank of Nigeria Plc to fully recapitalise the bank to the N25bn minimum share capital requirement is a major reason for its inability to reopen for business, more than three years after its operating licence was returned via a court order, investigations by our correspondent have revealed.The Central Bank of Nigeria had closed down SBN in 2002, citing infringements and non-compliance with banking laws by the management of the bank as reasons for its action.


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